Държавна агенция за метрологичен и технически надзор

About the agency

ДАМТНSTATE AGENCY FOR METROLOGICAL AND TECHNICAL SURVEILLANCE (SAMTS) is the state surveillance authority performing the national policy in the field of:

  • Market surveillance of products placed on the market and/or put into service under the scope of the New Approach Directives;
  • Market surveillance of construction products; products related to the energy consumption as regards the eco design requirements; electrical and electronic equipment in relation to the restrictions of the use of certain dangerous substances and its waste;
  • Technical inspection of high-risk equipment;
  • Quality control of liquid fuels;
  • Metrological supervision;
  • Designation and supervision of conformity assessment bodies for products under the scope of the New Approach Directives;
  • Supervision of dam walls and related facilities.

The SAMTS activities are regulated by the following 10 laws:

  • Law on technical requirements for products (LTRP);
  • Law on consumer protection (LCP);
  • Law on ambient clean air (LACA);
  • Law on measurements (LM) ;
  • Law on automobile transport (LAT);
  • Waste management act (WMA);
  • Renewable energy sources law (RESL);
  • Law on protection against harmful influence of chemical substances and  mixtures (LPHICSM);
  • Law on tourism (LT);
  • Water Act.

Main objectives in carrying out SAMTS activities are:

  • Protection of society and environment against dangerous and non-complying with the essential requirements industrial products, dangerous for use high risk equipment, false measuring results and liquid fuels of poor quality;
  • Ensuring equal conditions for marketing of products, which fall within the competencies of SAMTS, on the Bulgarian market as part of the single European market;
  • To support the functioning of the national conformity assessment system;
  • Ensuring safe operation of dams by performing a reliable and effective control of the technical condition and safe operation of dams and related facilities.

At present SAMTS has 451 employees and the follow structure:

  • Management (President, 2 Vice Presidents, Secretary General) directly subordinated to the President;
  • Two financial controllers, directly subordinated to the SAMTS president
  • General Administration:
    • Directorate “Finances and Administration”;
  • Specialized Administration:
  • Market surveillance;
  • Technical inspection;
  • Quality control of liquid fuels;
  • Metrological supervision;
  • Designation of conformity assessment bodies;
  • Supervision of dam walls and related facilities.

The specific results of SAMTS activities in the period 2012 - 2015 as well as the target values of realization indicators for 2016 can be seen in the table below:

Program „Quality infrastructure in support of Bulgarian economy development”

Reported value Target value
Indicators for realization Measuring unit 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Information transfers regarding the notification of  conformity assessment bodies to the EC
Number 119 194 138
142 140
Checks of conformity assessment bodies Number 157 217 161
Checks of measuring instruments, planned and upon signals Number 15432 22382 18696
17230 15500

Checks of prepackages

batches with same quantity

individual packages with different quantity

















Checks pursuant to received/sent notifications under the Rapid Alert System for Dangerous Consumer Goods (RAPEX) Number 1047 892 1135
844 *
Tested types of products for market surveillance purposes Number 47 32 33
64 40
Dеstroyed products or non-complying products sent back to the supplier/producer Number 10533 6068 523
896 *
Checks for observation of technical legislation under LTRP, LM, LAT, WMA Number 25628 22382 20975
17828 15000
Technical inspections of high-risk equipment Number 17673 17743 18576
16072 13500
Inspections of licensed and registered companies Number 1063 1164 912
944 950
Control on workshops for installation and repairing of tachographs
Number 133 151 155
160 160
Inspections of fuel supply stations Number 511 504 445
1156 820
Tested liquid fuel samples Number 962 973 813
1134 1300
Issued acts for administrative violations of laws Number 2689 3226 1942
2359 *
Issued penal acts Number 2421 2822 1623 1645 *

* impossible to plan